This is definitely more national in origin but I think this may be of interest to many of you. Two days ago a bill was introduced in the house that proposes an amendment to the constitution. Well really the repeal of an existing amendment.
The 22nd amendment was put in place shortly after FDR had been elected to a fourth term as president. The idea was to constitutionally enshrine the practice that George Washington had established that it is only proper to serve two terms as President.
The really interesting part about this story though is that Rep Serrano has proposed this amendment in every congress since 1997; which would be twice under Bill Clinton, 4 times under George W, and now twice under Obama. Every time, except the current bill, it has died in committee.
It is interesting that someone has wanted to end term limits for this long. So far it would seem that this would meet Einstein’s definition of insanity. It seems rather fool hardy to continue to try this in the current political climate given the make-up of the house as well as how much some Tea Party organizations are calling for term limits to be applied to congress.
Given Rep Serrano’s tenacity for this amendment, it would seem safe to say that this isn’t a conspiracy for an Obama third term though many across social media are pushing that theory. Regardless, as the weekend draws to a close feel free to have a discussion below about term limits for both the President (reality and probably not changing) and Congress (pipedream).